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Aug 24, 2017

I Interview Playwrights Part 971: Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel

Hometown: Washington DC.

Current town: Wellfleet, MA

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I am working on my mother play. The playwriting book. And a musical.

Q: Tell me, if you will, a story from your childhood that explains who you are as a writer or as a person.

A: My mom told me early on she named me Paula Anne Vogel so my initials would stand for Piss And Vinegar.

Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?

A: I would make theatre free. Accessible in every classroom, community center, Y, senior center, reformatory and prison. And oh yeah, affordable for working class folks to see on Broadway.

Q: Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A: Theatrical heroines: Irene Fornes, Caryl Churchill, Adrienne Kennedy and a lot of saints, too many to mention.

Q: What kind of theater excites you?

A: Theatre that rips apart my assumptions. Viscerally, emotionally and intellectually tough. And makes me laugh against my will. And haunts me for years.

Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?

A: This is a thing worth doing. Worth spending your lives for. You will have to take other jobs, and grit your teeth at our cultural complacency, but you are offering gifts that we need.

Q: When not writing on a computer, what's your go-to paper and writing utensil? When on computer, what's your font?

A: My best writing implement is a car and a long country road. I write in my head listening to the soundtrack I've made. I change my font and format on every play, but I am partial to Arial.

Q: Plugs, please.

A: Indecent, PBS, Nov. 17. New production of Indecent, Guthrie, Minneapolis, Feb 17-March 24.

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